North Pine River

The North Pine River is a minor river located in South East Queensland, Australia.

North Pine
The river at Petrie, 2016
Location of the North Pine River mouth in Queensland
RegionSouth East Queensland
Physical characteristics
SourceD'Aguilar Range
  locationbelow Bootawa
  coordinates27°06′47″S 152°44′07″E
  elevation480 m (1,570 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the South Pine River to form the Pine River
27°17′16″S 153°00′57″E
10 m (33 ft)
Length54 km (34 mi)
Basin features
River systemPine River catchment
  leftYogi Creek
  rightLaceys Creek, Kobble Creek
ReservoirLake Samsonvale

Location and features

View from Sweeney's Reserve, 2016

The North Pine River rises in the D'Aguilar Range in the Mount Mee State Forest, approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Brisbane, and flows generally southeast to form its confluence with the South Pine River at Lawnton, where the river forms the Pine River. The river flows mostly through the Moreton Bay Region, just to the south of Dayboro. Along with Kobble Creek it is dammed at Whiteside to form the North Pine Dam, an artificial lake called Lake Samsonvale. This catchment provides drinking water to Redcliffe, Pine Rivers, Caboolture and the northern suburbs of Brisbane.

After the North Pine Dam, the North Pine River continues through the suburbs of Petrie and Lawnton, where it meets with the South Pine River and forms the Pine River, flowing into Bramble Bay. The river descends 470 metres (1,540 ft) over its 54-kilometre (34 mi) course.[1]

The former Pine Rivers Shire draws its name from the North Pine, South Pine and Pine Rivers.


In the early 1930s timber for the construction of the Hornibrook Bridge was brought down the North Pine River to Bramble Bay via barge. Lake Kurwongbah was built in 1964 on Sideling Creek, a tributary of the North Pine River.

In January 2011, a significant flood occurred due to heavy rain and dam releases from North Pine Dam. Some areas of Petrie, Strathpine, Lawnton and surrounding areas had to be evacuated on short notice as the river level rose quickly causing flooding in low lying areas.

Flora and fauna

The North Pine River is one of a few rivers that contains natural populations of the rare Queensland lungfish.[2] Platypus sightings in both the North and South Pine rivers are relatively common compared to other rivers in the region.[3]

Cat's claw creeper (Dolichandra unguis-cati) is an invasive weed vine that has done much damage to trees along the North Pine River catchment. In Queensland Cat's Claw is a Category 3 declared weed, which means its release into the environment is not allowed without a special permit.[4]

See also


  1. "Map of North Pine River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. "We're green, but lungfish ain't that rare, says Lucas". The Australian. News Limited. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  3. "Queensland Platypus Care News No. 1" (PDF). Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. 1 March 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  4. Taylor, Dianne B. J.; Dhileepan, Kunjithapatham (2012). "cat's claw creeper | Weed Identification – Brisbane City Council".
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